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Police Quash Sedition Charges Against 14 AMU Students

No evidence was available to support the claim that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised by the students, police said.

Aligarh: Police have dropped sedition charges slapped against 14 Aligarh Muslim University, citing lack of evidence .

The students were booked for sedition after Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) district president Mukesh Lodhi alleged he was assaulted by some students who chanted pro-Pakistan slogans, police said.

Senior superintendent of police Akash Kulhari said Friday the charges were dropped three days ago as there is no evidence to support them.

He said there is no videographic proof or any other evidence to support the claim that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised by these boys during the clash between two student groups at University Circle on February 12.

The clashes were triggered after armed men, allegedly affiliated to the BJP and the ABVP, made their way towards the university. Earlier, there was an altercation between the staff of a news channel and the students and administration of the university, allegedly after the crew tried to provoke a response.

Meanwhile, the police raided a house in Noida Friday, looking for Kashmiri student Basin Hilal over a tweet mocking the security forces after the Pulwama terror attack.

They failed to find the student, who has already been suspended by the AMU authorities.

A case under section IPC 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups) had been registered against him.

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